Our Failure to Understand Mental Illness Has Debilitated Nearly 60 Million Americans

February 2, 2015 4:03 PM

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Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Hemingway, Robin Williams and Michelangelo are a few examples of brilliantly inspiring individuals who shaped our culture, artistry and society. Looking at this list of names, it is hard to see a connection between these unique individuals. The sad truth is that each one suffered from mental illness, a debilitating disease that disrupts one's thinking, feelings and interactions with others.

In 2013, my father was sadly added to the growing list of individuals diagnosed with mental illness. My family quickly entered into the world of mental illness treatments, including medicines and the poorly perceived method of electro-convulsion therapy. We found that the resources for individuals a...

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